Steven Johnson on the steady increase of indie artists making a living
Microsoft’s MSDN blog is again offering a big batch of free technical ebooks, and this one is the largest collection to date.
Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager Eric Ligman previously gave away 80 eBooks and then last summer 130 more. This collection includes some of last year’s favorites, but additional titles as well, such as Windows 10 for IT Professionals. There are some non-Microsoft-specific titles, such as the business-focused and sales titles shown above, as well as short PDFs showcasing keyboard shortcuts and quick setup guides. There might be something for everyone in this collection, so it’s worth a quick browse.
I’m giving away MILLIONS of FREE Microsoft eBooks again! Including: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and… | MSDN
In what would turn out to be a watershed event in the history of viral videos and online multiplayer gaming, footage of the Leeroy Jenkins incident was uploaded to the internet ten years ago today (previously).
To properly celebrate Safer Internet Day, Google is offering a a nice perk for users who complete a quick security checkup. If you’re willing to make sure your account recovery info is up to date, review recent log-in activity and confirm the list of…
It feels good to be the best. You get recognition, a sense of accomplishment, and hopefully compensation. If you’re the best person in the room, though, you’re probably not getting challenged anymore.
Personal finance blog Emma Lincoln explains that if you feel like the worst in the room at what you’re doing—whether it’s your job or just working out at the gym—that means you’re surrounded by people you can learn from. Or, at the very least, people who can give you the rough lessons you need to get better:
Yes, it feels good to be good at something. To be the teacher’s pet. To dance at the front of your Zumba class. To hang out with people who admire you. To be the most responsible person at a party, or the most well-adjusted couple in your social circle. It feels good. But it won’t kick your ass. And an ass-kicking produces results faster than an ego-stroke.
Being the worst person in the room gives you motivation to get better so you’re not on the bottom anymore. However, being the top of your class probably means it’s time to move on to another class. No matter where you are, as long as you’re not afraid to challenge yourself, you can continue to improve and make yourself more valuable to the room.
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The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis In The Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch writes about why the forties are such a hard age for so many people.
Long ago, when I was 30 and he was 66, the late Donald Richie told me: "Midlife crisis begins sometime in your 40s, when you look at your life and think, Is this all? And it ends about 10 years later, when you look at your life again and think, Actually, this is pretty good."
(Previously on Metafilter: another thoughtful essay by Rauch.)